The Boxcar Boys #7 on National Jazz Chart!
The Boxcar Boys debut at #7 on the !Earshot National Top 10 Canadian Jazz Chart as a result of an extensive coast to coast campaign at Canadian college radio with their latest release ‘Cicada Ball’!
The media reviews are also glowing and include:
“…a high-energy and musically accomplished roots ensemble. ….Strong group originals fit alongside spirited versions of traditional tunes.”
“As with their first two lauded discs, “Don’t Be Blue” and “Rye Whiskey”, this new effort will no doubt equal or surpass the same critical acclaim.”
YORKTON THIS WEEK
“Together they have crafted an album that’s very easy on the head but may well be hard on the feet because you’ll want to do some stompin’ while you’re hollerin’.
THE GUARDIAN/Doug Gallant
“..an upbeat and fun listen, sort of a New Orleans meets Cold Mountain kind of vibe”
GONZO MAGAZINE/John Kereiff
“21st-century eclectics, mixing Roma, roots and plain-old
rambunctious whimsy…[The Boxcar Boys] are guaranteed to put a
smile on your face and a spring in your step.”
John Terauds, The Toronto Star
“There’s vintage jazz, humour, Klezmer, blues, hillbilly vocals and
more here, and you surely can dance to this circus music.”
Geoff Chapman, Whole Note
The Boxcar Boys create their distinct, energetic and at times maudlin sound by weaving together a captivating bevy of folk traditions, Dixieland jazz and Klezmer performed with a good ole time New Orleans spirit. Their presence on the Canadian music scene over the last 5 years, including 2 full length albums Don’t Be Blue (2011) and Rye Whiskey (2012) has earned them a Canadian Folk Music Award nomination as well as a place on EJazzNews list of Best Canadian Jazz Bands.
This Toronto based six piece is comprised of clarinetist John Williams, violinist Laura C. Bates, trombonist Karl Silveira, accordionist Kelsey McNulty, sousaphonist Rob Teehan and washboard player Justin Ruppel. The band’s close-knit dynamic is clear on their third full length album, Cicada Ball which will waltz you across genres with whimsy and humour and dip you back in time. The title track of the album is a sonic interpretation of Cicadas giving up their tireless singing in the heat of the summer to instead throw down and party. In the spirit of celebration, the Boxcar Boys included some talented friends on selected tracks throughout the album including Lotus Wight on vocals and cello banjo (Sheesham and Lotus), Adrian Gross on mandolin (The Slocan Ramblers) and Michael Eckert on dobro (The Double Cuts).
The album launch and official release party was marked by a hoedown and concert at the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto on September 11th. Canadian bluegrass super-band, The Slocan Ramblers readied the stage and warmed up the dancers. The Boxcar Boys followed this release with an east coast tour in mid-late September including a performance at the notorious Deep Roots Music Festival.
Grants & Awards
Canada Arts Council – Production Grant (2014)
Ontario Arts Council – Popular Music Program recording grant (2012)
Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominee – Instrumental Group of the Year (2013)